The Choir of Westminster Abbey
Robert Quinney organ
James O'Donnell conductor
Westminster Abbey has been the focus of British royal occasions for centuries, and the early seventeenth century saw the most dazzling musicians of the age writing music for the Court in all its various incarnations. This fascinating disc presents a selection of works from the reign of King James I.
The most celebrated name on this disc is that of Orlando Gibbons, who was Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey from 1623–25. Some of his most masterly works are presented here, including the gloriously contrapuntal O clap your hands and the startlingly original verse anthem See, see, the Word is incarnate, setting an extraordinary text which covers the whole of the liturgical year.
Also featured are works by Edmund Hooper and John Parsons (both, like Gibbons, employed by the Abbey as Organist and Master of the Choristers), along with Thomas Tomkins and Robert Ramsey.